Project Highlights

Natural resource management and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for large installations

Fort Irwin consists of approximately 755,000 acres in the Mojave Desert and is home to six known flora/fauna and threatened, endangered or sensitive (TES) species. Redhorse performs National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance by providing natural resources support at the U.S. National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. Redhorse supports the development and implementation of the Fort Irwin Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) by: providing natural resources management services; developing, collecting, reporting, and sharing data; and managing database and geographical information systems (GIS) data creation and maintenance. Redhorse is responsible for conducting natural resource surveys, TES surveys, and preparing reports; conducting literature searches; conducting spring/seep monitoring and establishing spring and seep baseline conditions; and promoting environmental awareness through outreach and education. Our team is helping to develop and implement monitoring plans, including conducting macro- and micro-ecology surveys by wildlife, plant, wetland, and aquatic biologists and collecting plant, water and sediment samples for testing and analysis.

Edwards AFB consists of approximately 308,000 acres located in the Mojave Desert. Redhorse provides environmental compliance support activities necessary to support the AF and AFCEC environmental mission requirements at Edwards AFB through the Edwards Air Force Fence to Fence (F2F) contract. Redhorse is responsible for preparing updates to and implementing the INRMP; habitat and a base-wide surveys. All desert tortoise habitat assessments are conducted by an Authorized Biologist in accordance with the USFWS protocol and regulatory guidance and are in accordance with the requirements of current Biological Opinions. Redhorse is also responsible for a desert tortoise fencing component to protect critical habitat from adjacent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and the unauthorized recreating public, and from mission activities; a Mohave ground squirrel species management task that will be part of a five-year interval population monitoring effort to determine long-term trends; and a two-year invasive species management component.

The Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Fort Polk is located in west-central Louisiana, and the Main Post consists of 107,024 acres. As part of the Endangered Species Management Component of the INRMP and in conjunction with the INRMP’s cyclic compartment prescription process, Redhorse reviews the Federally-endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker’s habitat management units for current and future quality each year. Redhorse is responsible for assisting in the restoration and reestablishment of the long leaf pine habitat. Redhorse is also responsible for implementing the Invasive Botanical Species Control Plan and developing the Water Resources Management Plan that documents Fort Polk’s Water Resources Management Program enacted under the supervision of Fort Polk’s Environmental and Natural Resources Management Division (ENRMD).